The Deaconess Community of the ELCAThe deaconesses of the ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) are characterized by the sisters’ commitment and call to support and motivate one another, especially through prayer, assemblies, shared learning, and advocacy. As a separately incorporated ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), they serve, across the continent, as deacons in the ELCA and as diaconal ministers in the ELCIC.

The community has worked to foster intentional community, leadership development, and strategic partnerships within the church and the world.  This community of 81 womxn seeks social change that restores, reforms and transforms.  They have used their financial and human resources to support, and stand along side, partners in justice and advocacy work.  Drawing on the community’s core values, mission grants have been provided, and partnerships developed, that take risks, provide innovative services, and build bridges for the healing of the world. In 2019, 16 grants were provided. In the last three years, our community has shared over $350,000 in grants; since 2004, over $2 million has been provided for national and international grants .

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Description automatically generatedAs a Reconciling in Christ community, they have examined their use of language and welcoming presence.  With DIAKONIA World Federation, the community has engaged in the global movement Thursdays in Black, toward a world without rape and violence.

The community has embraced the 2017 roster changes in the ELCA and continues to provide diaconal formation for the greater church.  Currently, 20 candidates are engaged in a new formation process.  Since 2006, the community has sponsored a January elective course on diaconal ministry, history and spirituality offered through Luther Seminary in Saint Paul, Minnesota, to which all are welcome.

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Description automatically generatedA new strategic plan to work for justice and the flourishing of all God’s creation has been adopted by the community. Emboldened by the community’s rich history, the strategic plan focuses on the group’s diaconal mission as an intentional community rooted in a living Word and love of God.  It will further cultivate opportunities to develop leaders, both nationally and internationally, and will draw on dynamic partnerships within the church and world.


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**Third Sunday of Easter****April 18, 2021****Luke 24: 13-31**The Road to EmmausGod who walks with us, journey with us this day.On this occasion, may we move knowing you are beside us.God who is revealed in the scriptures, open our hearts and minds to your word.In this moment, may we be able to say, “Was not our hearts burning within us.”God who welcomes us with radical hospitality, may we greet the people we meet this day as angels unaware.Throughout this day, may we pray for the others in our lives.God who in known in the breaking of the bread, let the ordinary moments of this day become extraordinary sacredness.During this day, may we open our eyes to recognize the Spirit. (silence)In this time of tension and turmoil, pandemic and poverty, racial injustice, and climate change,like the disciples on the Road to Emmaus,we are often a church of grieving pilgrims:Our hopes decimated.Our dreams broken.Our hearts breaking.God of hospitality,break in with your teaching and wisdom.Take.Bless.Break.Give. We lament the brokenness of our world.We wait with kingdom vision.We long for resurrection hope.We would not be foolish and slow of heart.We would believe all that the prophets have declared.We will offer our thanks and praise and gratitude.Beginning with Moses and all the prophets, we remember that: You are the creator.You are the liberator.You are the vision of justice and compassion.You are the way.Thanksgiving.Interpret to us your mystery:Your transcendent holiness,Your immanent nearness,Your steadfast faithfulness,Your infinite love,Your amazing grace.Praise.Remind us of the Messiah: His birth and embodied incarnation, His life and learning and actions, His teachings and sacred wisdom, His suffering and unjust death, His glorious Easter and re-birth of hope.Gratitude.Stay with us, O Holy One, as guest in our hearts.Stay with us as hospitable and inclusive host.*photo credit:* ...
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With the ELCA Deaconess Community today, Thursdays in Black: Toward a World without Rape and Violence. ...
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We love scripture in this visual form with Rev Keith Howard's voice and are continuing to build a YouTube Playlist for Eastertide with scriptures for 2021 the Revised Common Lectionary Year B- New Revised Standard Version. We have complete two and will continue to add as they are completed. You may find these meditations helpful for your compilation or for your use in your worship. Our gift to you dear ones as we continue to move forward in this very unusual time.We have a new Scripture Resources playlist for you to explore for Eastertide. ...
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